Rhode Island's Local Technical Assistance Program (RILTAP)

Welcome to Rhode Island's Local Technical Assistance Program (RILTAP), focused on preserving and enhancing the local road system by supporting quality training and providing technical assistance to local city, county, and municipal road agencies throughout the state.

RILTAP's mission is to foster a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound surface transportation system in the State of Rhode Island by improving the skills and increasing the knowledge of the transportation workforce and decision makers through quality training, technical assistance and information sharing (technology transfer). We provide relevant and impactful information focused on road and bridge/culvert maintenance, the use of traffic control devices and other techniques to promote traffic safety.

Our goals for RILTAP are be recognized as a premier resource in developing and transferring innovative technologies, proven solutions and reliable services to successfully meet the evolving educational and training needs of the transportation community in Rhode Island.

RIDOT 2020 Construction Career Day Cancelled

As of March 11, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo announced the ban of gatherings of more than 250 people. Based on this, it is with great disappointment that we must cancel the Construction Career Days scheduled for April 2020.

We have looked forward to teaming up with agency partners, industry and trade professionals, exhibitors, and educators across the state to provide high school students with great educational experiences and opportunities. That said, the health and safety of our attendees and our staff are our prime concerns.

Training Links:


Free online training courses are available through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO): Learn More »
Free online training is offered through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): Learn More »
Certification courses are available through the New England Transportation Technician Certification Program (NETTCP): Learn More »
RILTAP works to coordinate training events and workshops through local vendors, and subject matter experts, as well as the National Highway Institute (NHI): Learn More »  
RILTAP’s partnership with the Rhode Island Public Works Association (RIPWA) is progressing, and future combined training events are tentative:  Learn More »

Accelerating Innovation

RILTAP will focus on making innovation mainstream by encouraging and promoting innovative efforts, new technologies and innovation champions. New technologies will be showcased at all RILTAP activities to mainstream new methods and practices.

The Federal Highway Administration plays a major role in deployment of innovative technologies. It works with state departments of transportation, local governments and others through its Every Day Counts (EDC) program.

Construction Career Days

The RIDOT teams up with the Rhode Island Public Works Association, Federal Highway Administration, and trade industry professionals to present a hands-on experience for Rhode Island high school students. Up to 600 students spend the day learning and safely experiencing different trades.

Provided with personal protection equipment upon arrival, students learn more about the important trades and the many career opportunities available to them through interactions with industry leading professionals and hands-on activities in each trade.